first_imgChennai, July 6 (PTI) Highlights from the Southernregion at 1715 hrs.MES1 LAW-BETTING-CPIHyderabad: Veteran Communist leader Suravaram SudhakarReddy says legalising gambling and betting insports will create problems, let room for cheating and provideno level-playing field.MES3 KL-TRAIN-DERAILMENTKollam (Kerala): The engine of the Kollam-Thirvananthapurampassenger train derails while it was leaving the station here,but no one got injured, railway sources say.MES4 PD-VP-HUMAN CAPITALPuducherry: Educational and job opportunities for theyouth are bound to increase with the country emergingas a major world player economically, and measures are neededto tap the potential of the human capital, Vice-President MVenkaiah Naidu says. (PTI)MES5 KA-DEPUTYSPEAKERBengaluru: M Krishna Reddy of JD(S) is elected as DeputySpeaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The proposal toelect Reddy was adopted by a voice-vote.NVGNVGNVGlast_img read more

Fears linger at Algeria gas plant year after bloody siege

first_imgALGIERS- Algeria has ramped up security along the borders and at energy facilities countrywide, but concerns linger over safety at the In Amenas gas plant one year after dozens died in a bloody hostage attack.Heavily armed Islamists stormed the isolated Tiguentourine complex, which lies deep in the Sahara desert, on January 16, 2013, with 38 hostages killed in a four-day siege and army rescue operation that followed.All but one of those who died were foreigners. The North African country is heavily dependent on its energy sector, with hydrocarbons accounting for more than 97 percent of export earnings.But despite the security reinforcements, Al-Qaeda-linked militants remain a serious threat throughout the Sahara region, adding to the concerns of foreign firms which Algeria relies on to maintain production at its ageing oil and gas fields.A top US general warned last week that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the veteran jihadist who masterminded the hostage raid, had the capability to stage “another attack like In Amenas”.Belmokhtar’s breakaway Al-Qaeda group “Signatories in Blood” claimed the attack, saying it was in retaliation for France’s military intervention against Islamist militants in Mali.Norwegian firm Statoil, which jointly operates the plant along with Britain’s BP and Algeria’s Sonatrach, has returned to the country but not the site, where one of three production trains damaged in the attack is still out of action.Statoil lost five employees, and only one of the 12 survivors is prepared to go back to In Amenas.“It’s a shame because I would have preferred it if there were others. But that’s how it is. It’s important that the families of my colleagues have their say,” Kolbjoern Kirkeboe, 52, told AFP.BP and Japanese engineering firm JGC, which alone lost 10 employees, are still waiting to return to In Amenas, where an inspection is planned in the coming days to assess the site’s security, and the possible go-ahead.To better protect expatriates working at the complex, which lies 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) southeast of Algiers, a landing strip is being built to provide a safer passage to and from the site.Statoil has barred its employee from spending the night there until the new security measures are in place.  Kirkeboe was in the bus ferrying workers from the site that came under attack at the start of the raid.Algeria refuses to allow foreign companies to organise their own security arrangements at the sites where they operate.That task is entrusted to the Algerian military, which was criticised at the time for its handling of what was one of the worst hostage bloodbaths in years.Sonatrach’s chairman Abdelhamid Zerguine said in October that the security of all its production sites, including those operated with foreign partners, was “guaranteed by the country’s security authorities”.Statoil experts had concluded in a report published the previous month that security at In Amenas had relied too heavily on the Algerian army.“Neither Statoil nor the joint venture could have prevented the attack, but there is reason to question the extent of their reliance on Algerian military protection,” the report said.The energy-rich North African country has dramatically increased security at its oil and gas installations since the attack, and along the vast porous borders its shares with Libya and Mali.Military sources, cited by independent Algerian daily El-Watan, indicated recently that 20,000 troops had been deployed along the country’s eastern and southern frontiers, with another 1,500 combing the region day and night,assisted by continuous air cover.“Military command has sent the majority of its aircraft to Ouargla and Tamanrasset (in southern Algeria) as the main bases for intervention,” said one of the sources.Helicopters and Seeker II drones equipped with hi-tech reconnaissance equipment are able to carry out surveillance missions and precision air strikes.There are indications that Algeria’s heightened security arrangements are paying off, with several Islamist convoys having been destroyed between Tamanrasset in the far south and Illizi in the southeast, according to the military source.In October, the army announced that it had seized a large weapons cache near the Libyan border, 200 kilometres (125 miles) from In Amenas.last_img read more

Good day for professionals and amateurs President of German Football

first_imgAccording to Reinhard Grindel, a tournament like the 2024 European Championship can be great excitement among children and young peopleAfter Germany won the 2024 UEFA European Championship bid, many celebrated that the tournament is going to the country again.For the German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel, the tournament will inspire many people.“I’d like to thank my colleagues and friends from the UEFA Executive Committee for their unbelievable faith. I feel a great sense of responsibility,” he told the DFB’s official website.“I know what this tournament means for UEFA and we will do everything we can, starting from tomorrow, to fulfill expectations. I’m pleased that we showed through our plans and argumentation that an application like ours can be a successful one.”“It shows that transparency, openness, compliance and the support of non-governmental organizations, but also from the Bundesliga of course, can contribute to such a great success,” he added.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“This fills me with pride and great joy. It’s wonderful that we are seeing a day that is good for both professionals and amateurs alike in Germany.”“We know that such a significant tournament can cause great excitement among children and young people, which our football clubs should be very pleased about,” he concluded.OFFICIAL: Germany will host UEFA #EURO2024 🇩🇪More information to follow pic.twitter.com/L9GaMAWAjN— UEFA (@UEFA) September 27, 2018last_img read more

Warnock questions Camarasas character

first_imgThe Spanish footballer has missed Cardiff City’s last four matches because of a calf problem and has only played seven minutes all month.The month of February has been hell for Spanish player Victor Camarasa.The Cardiff City footballer has missed three out of the last four matches for his club in the English Premier League.He has also only played seven minutes all month when he was subbed in the game against Southampton earlier this month.The problem? He has suffered a calf muscle problem.“He’s a very important player for us. It’s been a really big disappointment if I’m honest,” Bluebirds coach Neil Warnock told Sky Sports.“I’ve never come across the situation that I’ve got at the moment, which we’re having physios and medical people from abroad more or less telling us what we can do with him when he’s our player, so it’s very difficult, not just for me but for the medical staff as well.”“I think it’s down to the player really. If you saw Sol Bamba’s scan on his thigh then he wouldn’t have played the last six weeks and he’s probably been our best player, and he told me ‘I’m allright gaffer.’ And I think that that’s the makeup of players, (some are) stronger than others,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We think he’s closer to fitness than his guys think.”“That’s our opinion but then obviously you run the risk of if you make him play and he breaks down, what are they going to say,” he continued.“I think if these last two games had been life or death for us at the end of the season, I’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t have played.”“He obviously listens to his physios and medical people and Tom, Dick, and Harry from abroad. There’s nothing we can do about that really,” Warnock concluded.”We’ve responded to knock-backs in the last couple of years and it looks like we’ll have to do it again.”👉 https://t.co/bi7vxqyFnw#CityAsOne— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 22, 2019last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers expects Odsonne Edouard return next week

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he expects Odsonne Edouard to return to full fitness next week.The young French striker suffered a tight abductor injury against Motherwell on Wednesday and he’s expected to miss Celtic’s game against Dundee United this weekend.After Dundee’s visit to the Parkhead Stadium on Saturday, the Scottish Premiership champions travel to face Aberdeen on December 26 then Old Firm rivals, Rangers on 29 December.With Leigh Griffiths currently out of the team due to personal reasons, Edouard is the only recognized striker available at the club.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.Another option is Mikey Johnston, who came on Edouard on Wednesday night and scored his Celtic goal as Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to the top of the Scottish League.Meanwhile, midfielder Ryan Christie is available for selection once again after an ankle injury and the Scotland international can also play as a center-forward.The trio Kieran Tierney, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are also expected to miss out against Dundee but the defensive duo of Boyata and Lustig should be fit for one of the two remaining games coming up before the end of the year, according to BBC.last_img read more

Robert Downey Jr wants nanotech robotics to save the planet IRL

first_img 0 Post a comment Tags Share your voicecenter_img As if we didn’t already love him 3000.  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images In true Tony Stark fashion, Robert Downey Jr. took the stage Tuesday and introduced a high-tech plan to save the world. Downey, speaking at Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, said the Footprint Coalition will launch in April 2020, Variety reported.”Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” said Downey, who played Tony Stark/Iron Man for more than a decade.  A website for the Footprint Coalition is live with a sign-up form to receive newsletters, though there are few details out yet about the group or its plans. Downey told the crowd that he’s alarmed at the state of the environment and that even making a small dent would be important.  Tech Industry Culturelast_img read more

Copa America 2019 Brazil vs Peru Preview TV listings and how to

first_imgBrazilian team in a file photoFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty ImagesFive-time World Cup champions Brazil will take the field on June 22 against Peru for their third and final Group-A match of the 2019 Copa America in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A Neymar-less Brazil played out a goalless draw against Venezuela at Salvador. Though their performance was not praise-worthy, three of their goals were dismissed and two of the decisions were taken by the VAR. The Selecao had to face the wrath of the home fans who were booing at the end of the match.Brazil started this Copa America suffering a major setback as their star striker Neymar Jr was ruled out of the tournament just before the oldest continental competition started. Their performance was not up to the standards in the first match, still they won 3-0, with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Everton Suarez. But in the second group fixture, they could break the deadlock. Brazil played the whole match having an upper hand on Venezuela with almost 70 per cent possession but they could not break through the gritty Venezuelan defence. The Yellow and Green brigade’s coach Tite needs to rethink about his strategy and take the match against Peru seriously. Though they have almost confirmed a birth in the knockout stages, still they will want to qualify as the group leader. Gabriel Jesus may get a start in this match in place of Roberto Firmino.On the other hand, Peru played out a goalless draw against Venezuela as they failed to break the deadlock even having a 10-man Venezuela team against them for the last 15 minutes. They defeated Bolivia quite convincingly in their second fixture of the group stage with goals from Paulo Guerrero, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores. The Peruvian side will like to upset the hosts and qualify as the group leader. Neymar out of the Copa America due to injury.EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty ImagesThe other match of the day is between Venezuela and Bolivia. After holding the Selecao for a goalless draw in Salvador they will pray that there is a winner in the Brazil-Peru match so that if they win they will qualify for the next stage of the tournament. Bolivia are out of the running so the Vinotinto will have the upper hand in the match.The Brazil-Peru match will start at 4 PM on June 22, according to local time and 12.30 AM, June 23, according to IST. The Venezuela-Bolivia match will start at 4 PM on June 22 according to local time and 12.30 AM, June 23 according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecast in the country. Fans can watch the live stream by using free VPN services and download apk’s like Navixsport. The application cannot be downloaded from any play store but it is available online for free. It can be downloaded by simply searching on Google. Two search results will come, one for Android and another for iOS. The viewers have to go inside the website according to their requirements, click on free download and enjoy the match.last_img read more

Commission Begins Discussing Texas School Finance Overhaul

first_img Share ILLUSTRATION BY TODD WISEMAN / TEXAS TRIBUNEA special commission has begun discussing how to remake Texas’ school finance system, 18-plus months after the state Supreme Court declared it deeply flawed but still barely constitutional.That ruling spared the Legislature from having to overhaul how Texas pays for educating around 5.3 million students. Instead, many top Republicans backed unsuccessful voucher plans offering public money to children attending private schools.Gov. Greg Abbott then convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers and education leaders which met Tuesday to weigh new ideas before the Legislature next convenes in 2019.Top conservatives chiefly want a system that will cut local property taxes, which have skyrocketed because they pay for the bulk of public school costs.Other members argue that property taxes won’t fall without Texas dramatically increasing state spending on classrooms.last_img read more

No 2 Louisville hosts No 20 Miami on Sunday

first_img Listen She has 12 career 30-point games and 51 career 20-point games. She is averaging 21.1 points per game, which ranks second in the ACC and 12th in the country. She is connecting on 2.8 3-point field goals per game, which ranks fourth in the ACC. She is averaging 23.8 points vs. AP Top 25 teams. She is 89-105 (.848) from the free throw line, which ranks fifth in the ACC. Story Links She recorded her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her career with 21 points and 13 rebounds at Va Tech. She had 10 points and 12 rebounds vs. UConn, 13 points and 14 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech and 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball (23-1, 10-1) looks to extend its nine-game winning streak when it hosts No. 20 Miami (21-5, 9-2) on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in the annual Play4Kay Pink Game. ABOUT THE HURRICANESMiami enters Sunday’s matchup with a 21-5 record and they are 9-2 in the ACC, just one game back of Louisville. Miami ranks third in the ACC with a .451 field goal percentage and ranks second with a .360 field goal percentage defense. Their +8.3 rebounding margin ranks second in the league. In ACC games, UofL ranks first in the league in scoring defense (53.1), field goal percentage defense (.329), and second in 3-pt field goal percentage defense (.236). In the 72-63 win over Virginia Tech last Sunday, Asia Durr (34) and Sam Fuehring (21) combined for 55 of UofL’s 72 points. It marked Durr’s season high in points and Fuehring’s career high. The duo combined to shoot 19-32 (.594), while the rest of the team shot 8-29 (.276) Fuehring is averaging 10.5 points, which ranks second on the team, while shooting 91-168 (.542) from the floor, which ranks 11th in the ACC. Her 6.9 rebounds also lead the team.center_img Junior forward Beatrice Mompremier was named ACC Player of the Week last week after averaging 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week for the Hurricanes that included an upset of No. 4 Notre Dame. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 72-65 win over the Fighting Irish, in addition to aiding a Miami defense that limited Notre Dame to its lowest point total and field goal percentage of the season. In addition to amassing her 18th and 19th double-doubles of the season, Mompremier closed out the week by tallying her fifth 20-point game. She ranks seventh in the league with 16.6 points, second with 11.8 rebounds, and ninth with a .550 field goal percentage. She ranks first with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game and second with 8.0 defensive rebounds. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 24 games. In ACC play, she is averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Senior center Emese Hof almost averages a double-double with 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, while sophomore guard Mykea Gray is the team’s third double-digit scorer with 12.4 points per game, while shooting 46-137 (.336) from deep. Junior guard Laura Cornelius averages 9.9 points, while shooting 39-105 (.371) from deep and dishing out a team-high 4.2 assists. Sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall averages 8.6 points and leads the team in 3-pointers made with 54 (54-140, .386).Series History – UofL is 4-1 all-time against Miami and has won the last four contests. The Cardinals are 2-1 at home and 2-0 at the KFC Yum! Center. Last season, Louisville won 84-74 at Miami. In the two matchups at the KFC Yum! Center, UofL won 63-59 on Jan. 15, 2017 and 68-55 on Jan. 25, 2015.Date: Sunday, Feb. 17Time: 3 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Pam Ward, play-by-play; Carolyn Peck, analystLast Meeting: W, 84-74 (Feb. 25, 2018 at Miami)Series History: 4-1 (2-1 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA TodayPromotion(s): Play4Kay Pink GameFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version Watch Durr continues to rack up accolades and recently was named to the Wooden Late Season Top 20, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 and a Senior CLASS Award Finalist. She ranks second in program history with 2,228 points and 342 made 3-pointers. Tickets Live Stats After holding opponents to less than 50 points in six of nine games, UofL’s scoring defense has improved from 64.3 to 59.1 points per game and moved from 182 to 64 nationally. During that nine-game stretch, opponents are averaging 50.4 points per game, while shooting .325 from the floor and .263 from 3-point range.last_img read more